I returned to Little Si today, just a few days after a major storm. What a drastic difference two months have made to this popular trail – large trees were torn apart and blocking the way, nature’s debris was everywhere, and some flooding in areas where there was once barely a trickle. Just a reminder of how nothing ever stands still, so neither should we.
I also ran into a troop of older Korean women, who were clearly avid hikers. I could have easily blended in with them – they were that prepared for the elements, even as colorfully dressed as they were. So inspiring and humbling! I hope to be as active as they are when I grow up.
Rather than taking up their space on the bluff, I headed down to an area I had never been before because either I’ve been with my mini hiking buddies or pressed for time to get back down. I was much quicker up the trail today (hey, maybe all that hiking does improve one’s fitness level!), so I had time to explore. I scrambled down to the lower ledge only to be presented with nothing but fog. At least I’ve seen the view before, though I have to admit I was looking forward to seeing the snowcapped Haystack atop Mt. Si. If my husband only knew how I excited I was to get my “bouldering fix” on this morning when I climbed back up the rocky face, he’d probably just shake his head in half-dismay and half-expectation.
17 September 2015
Little Si Trail, North Bend
4.4 miles, 1100 ft. climb to 1585 ft. max. elevation
My 3-month summer membership to a local fitness center expired today. (Disclaimer: I initially joined to gain pool access for my kids.) In celebration of no longer feelingcompelled to repeatedly run arounda spinning wheel like a gym rat, I opted to treat myself to a quick and easy hike not too far from home. Given my short time frame of 3 hours door-to-door between preschool drop-off and pick-up, I chose Little Si in the neighboring town of North Bend. This is a very popular trail, particularlyon weekends; one that can feel more claustrophobic than offer any form of freedom. However, with today being a typically rainyThursday in the Pacific Northwest, there were barely any hikers out on this trail. As I pulled into the lot just after 9:20am, I noted only 4-5…
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